Search Ottawa County, Michigan

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Volunteer Opportunities

Join the Ottawa County Parks Team Today!
Become a Volunteer.

Volunteers provide a critical service to the County Parks. Our goal is to provide you
with a rewarding and meaningful volunteer experience that contributes to the mission
of Ottawa County Parks & Recreation. Contact Melanie Manion for more information. Or, you
can get started by filling out a Volunteer Application. We will contact you once we receive your application.

Along with the volunteer positions listed below, we are looking for Wind Storm Chasers. The wind storm chaser will be called upon to visit an assigned park following severe weather to check for downed trees blocking trials or other park areas.  The chaser reports any issues to parks staff who will clean and make the needed repairs.

Current Volunteer Job Descriptions

Nature Education Center Volunteer General Park Volunteer
Naturalist Guide
Reception Desk
Park Monitor
Sign Painting
Traffic Control
Trail Construction Leader
Trail Construction Worker
Trail Tender

Park Steward
Eastmanville Farm Volunteer Garden Volunteer
Farm Friend
Cemetery Caretaker
Spring Grove
Adam Street Landing
Hemlock Crossing
Hager Park Volunteer  
Playground Inspector  
Weaver House Volunteer  
House Cleaner  
Pigeon Creek Park Volunteer  

Contact Gray Gogolin with questions about current volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Workdays

The public can also help keep the parks beautiful and combat invasive species. We could use your help!

Never volunteered for a stewardship workday before? No problem! Here’s what you should know: 
  • Bring work gloves (preferably leather), insect repellent and appropriate outdoor gear.
  • All necessary tools, drinking water and snacks will be provided.
  • No preregistration is required.
  • All ages are welcome, however we do ask that those under 16 are supervised by an adult.
  • Work days are cancelled if raining.

Fall Workday Schedule

  • Hemlock Crossing Seed Collection
    September 30, 10 am-12 pm
  • Rosy Mound Woody Invasive Removal
    October 14, 1-3 pm
  • Port Sheldon Natural Area, Woody Invasive Survey & Removal, (Meet in Southwest parking lot)
    October 21, 10 am-12 pm
  • Olive Shores Woody Invasive Removal
    November 14, 10 am-12 pm
Do you have more questions? Contact us or call (616) 738-4810.